Aberdeen vs Celtic preview: Champions to be motivated by rivals desire to see them fail versus Aberdeen

Neil Lennon feels the desire from rival clubs to see his side domination end will highly motivate the footballers in their last-four Scottish Cup tie versus Aberdeen.


Celtic have won the past seven trophies domestically in their homeland – all of them under the tutelage of head coach Brendan Rodgers, who dumped the club for Premier League giants Leicester City earlier in the year – and are edging closer to a treble-treble.


If the Parkhead club get past the Dons on Sunday at the national stadium, they would lock horns with either Championship outfit Inverness or Hearts, both of whom featured on Saturday afternoon, in the last next month.


The Cup holders go into the match 11 points clear of arch-rivals Rangers at the summit of the Scottish Premiership and requiring only two victories to ensure an eighth-back-to-back title success, as their strong hold on the Scottish league displays no weakening signs.


Interim manager Neil Lennon said the game is the most important match because it is the next fixture on the schedule, and that is the mantra.


The Ex-Celtic Captain hailed Celtics remarkable record in the cup over the last two-and-a-half years, where they haven’t been overturned.


Team news

Shinnie will be left out of the encounter as rivals Aberdeen take on Champions Celtic for a spot in Sunday’s Scottish Cup final.


The Dons Captain is suspended for the last-four tie after receiving his second booking of the tournament during the last-8 replay victory over Rangers.


Campbell returns to the squad after recovering from an ankle injury he sustained against Scottish club Motherwell a week ago, but Gary Mackay-Steven has a calf injury, Shay Logan with an ankle problem, Tommie Hoban with a knee problem, and Frank Ross with a back injury are still out. Oliver Burke is a major doubt for Celtic.


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